ICC Test Rankings: England have slipped to the fifth position in the ICC Test team rankings after their 1-2 loss to West Indies in the recently-concluded series that culminated in St Lucia. England may have lost the Test series but their captain Joe Root’s century in their consolation win in the final Test lifted him back into the top five batsmen in the world. Root rose three places after his match-defining 122 in England’s second innings, slotting in at No.5 on the Test Rankings for batsmen, equal on rating points with New Zealand’s Henry Nicholls.
India’s talismanic leader – Virat Kohli continues to lead the charts for batsmen while South Africa’s pace sensation Kagiso Rabada is the top-ranked bowler in the world.
Starting the series with the objective of winning it to remain at the third position, England slipped behind New Zealand and Australia as they have lost four points and are now on 104. Australia edged them on decimals after winning both Tests of their recent two-match series against Sri Lanka that helped them gain three points.
West Indies have gained seven points and moved up to 77 but remained at the eighth position in the points table led by India with 116 points and South Africa second with 110. New Zealand are third with 107 points.
While Windies captain Jason Holder, who was suspended for the Test, remains the highest-ranked Windies batsman at No.36, Roston Chase, who made a fighting century, climbed 10 places to be No.41 while taking the 13th place among all-rounders.
Ben Stokes, who also took two wickets in the St Lucia Test, made a small gain to be No.4 on the ICC Test Rankings for all-rounders, a chart that is still led by Holder.
Among the bowlers, Mark Wood, who bowled a fiery spell for a maiden five-wicket haul in the Windies’ first innings, was the big gainer, vaulting 12 places to No.52. Windies pacers – Kemar Roach (No.11) and Alzarri Joseph (No.51), and England’s Moeen Ali (No.27) have also made slight gains.